We get it. A first look simply isn’t for everyone, especially if you’re a traditionalist snd want to hold off on laying eyes on each other until your actual ceremony. But for those who don’t have any definitive reasons not to do a first look yet are still on the fence about it, you need to know what makes them so special.
Yes, it’s an inherently emotional moment that’s usually full of energy and excitement, which tends to make for some pretty amazing pictures and shots, but there’s more to it than that. So, for more on the basics, check out this post, Should the First-Look Photo Be a Part of Your Wedding Photography Package?, but read on to learn about some of the lesser-known reasons to do a first look from our New Jersey wedding photographers.
1. If you’re especially anxious, it gives you a chance to relax.
It’s no secret that there will be a lot of emotions in the air at your wedding. That goes without saying and it’s what makes it such a picture-perfect kind of day, but there is a point at which those emotions can get a little overwhelming, and that doesn’t tend to look so good in photos and video.
Scheduling a first look, however, will give you a chance to relax a bit and set yourself at ease before the festivities really begin. Think about it, even if you involve your wedding party or other family members and/or relatives in the moment, it’ll still be more intimate than your ceremony.
That way, you won’t have to go through all those initial emotions on your own nor in front of a crowd. Instead, you’ll be able to experience them with your partner and without all the other hoopla. And trust us, if you’re an especially anxious person, then that could be just the thing to get you calmed down and comfortable by the time your ceremony starts.
2. It can give you more time to hang with your guests.
Putting together your guest list and figuring out who will ultimately be coming to your wedding takes a lot of work, but let’s face it, weddings can be hectic. We all know that, which is why it can be difficult for newlyweds to actually spend any real quality time with all their guests during the celebration.
If you do a first look photo session, however, and perhaps use it as an opportunity to get some or all of your other photos out of the way, then you could actually free up a lot of post-ceremony time to hang with the people whom you asked to come out and support you and your partner and your love story.
Think about it, you could actually get to personally experience the cocktail hour, which is unheard of for many newlyweds, but the point is that you asked these particular people to attend your wedding for a reason, so doing things this way allows you to spend some more time with them to let them know you appreciate their presence.
3. A first look won’t drain the ceremony of emotion.
Again, like mentioned at the top, if you’re not doing a first look because you and/or your partner are strongly for seeing each other for the first time during your ceremony, then that’s perfectly understandable. For some people, it just comes down to sticking to tradition and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
It’s just that a lot of people also assume that the reason they shouldn’t break from that tradition is that it will drain all the emotion and energy out of their ceremony. They think that the moment when the newlyweds-to-be see each other down the aisle will ultimately be underwhelming if they do a first look before it.
The truth, however, is that the emotions don’t simply dissipate after the first look. If anything, it only serves to spark and deepen them, even refocus them, but the point is that you shouldn’t refrain from doing a first look just because you want your ceremony to be emotional and unforgettable. Trust us, it will be whether you do a first look or not.
We’ve seen our share of amazing first looks in our time in NJ wedding photography.
The bottom line is that a first look packs too much potential power to simply forgo without some serious thought. After all, you can never have too many memorable moments on your wedding day, and we hope these tips help you see how memorable a first look can be before you decide against one.
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